The blog post of 2017 shared what’s new on Not Now Mom’s Busy. One of the the things I mentioned is doing featured interviews other work-from-home or work-at-home bloggers. We all have a story to tell and somewhere out there there is someone who might share the same hurdles as we did when our blogging journey began.
By sharing how their blogging journey started, it’s my hope their story will motivate and inspire other women who are ready to start their own blogging journey but holding back for one reason or another.
My first special guest is Angie of The Work-at-Home Wife. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about how her blogging journey began.
My Featured Interview With The Work-at-Home Wife
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I started working from home in 2007. I had been employed at the same company for almost 11 years and things were really starting to go downhill. There were regular layoffs. Employee moral was getting really low and office drama was really ramping up.
I was miserable. I decided I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for my number to come up. Letting someone else control your fate is no way to live. I spent several months going on interviews and I saw the same nervousness and unhappiness everywhere I went. It was my husband who suggested I look into something I could do from home.
After many months of researching, I decided I wanted to start a virtual assistant business. As I knew it would take me awhile to get a full load of clients, I took on a couple customer service positions to pay the bills while I got things going.
Everyone has a story of how it all started. Tell us how your blogging journey began and how The Work at Home Wife was born.
In 2008, blogging started making noise as a way to gain attention with potential freelance clients. I started a little blog about my VA business on wordpress.com but quickly found most of the people reading my blog were more interested in becoming a virtual assistant than becoming my client. Shortly thereafter, I started TheWorkAtHomeWife.com as a way to connect with those people further and share what was working for me – or not – in the work-at-home world.
A woman’s work is never done. How do you balance being a wife and blogger?
My husband has been crazy-supportive of my online business ventures. For the first several years, he was working over the road so I was able to put in a lot of hours while he was gone. Even if he was home and I was burning the midnight oil to get things done, he picked up the slack.
A few years back, he became a business owner as well. Thankfully, our schedules now allow us a lot of flexibility to “make hay while the sun shines” and then do some relaxing and enjoy the fruits of our labor together.
What are some of the ways you monetize your blog?
Affiliate marketing has always been my bread and butter. It’s something I have always enjoyed learning more about and experimenting with. However, I also know the importance of diversification. I do some selective direct advertising. I also added a few small courses to my arsenal in 2016.
What has been your biggest struggle as a blogger?
I like things finished. While the upside is that I’m almost always clipping through tasks at 110 MPH, it can also make me feel extremely stressed when I take on bigger projects. With so many distractions when working online, I literally have to shut everything down, stay away from social media for a few days and just focus.
And finally, what advice do you have for other women who want to work from home or start a blog?
Pick one thing and go for it full steam ahead. Seriously. It’s so easy to jump from thing to thing to thing around here, especially when you aren’t fully committed and have little if anything invested. If you are always chasing shiny balls, you are never going to find success. Finish what you have started before you even contemplate another project.
Over To You
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Angie. If you’d like to connect with Angie, you can find her on Facebook and don’t forget to stop by her blog The Work at Home Wife for tips and resources to make money from home.
If you have any questions about working from home, feel free to post it in the comments section below.